The president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner may be swapping secrets with the Saudis, according to one national security expert.
Following reports that Donald Trump ordered that Kushner be granted top-secret security clearance despite CIA concerns, former Naval cryptology officer Malcolm Nance pointed out that the president’s son-in-law “was the single largest requester of intelligence in the White House that exceeded all White House staff other than the national security counsel staff.”
“Why do you need all that data?” Nance mused in conversation with host Joy Reid and Trump biographer David Cay Johnston.
Though it’s possible Kushner “was getting back information, reading intelligence assessments just to give himself that background,” the national security expert warned that the “worst-case scenario” could be devastating for American intelligence.
Referencing Kushner’s meeting with the Kremlin-linked VSB bank that was first revealed in 2017, Nance noted that the president’s son-in-law may have had some “quid pro quo” during that exchange.
“He is trading intelligence for favors and the one thing that we know he did — and Prince Muhammad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia bragged publicly — that Jared Kushner brought him the names of all the tax cheats in Saudi Arabia and he carried out that massive sweep of princes and billionaires and then extorted almost a trillion dollars of money that was being withheld out of them,” Nance noted. “That came from U.S. intelligence, according to the Saudis themselves.”
Trump’s threat to ‘hereby’ force manufacturers to do his bidding stomped by legal analyst
President Donald Trump is claiming extraordinary powers in his escalating trade war with China.
On Friday, Trump demanded that American companies look for alternatives to China.
"Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies home and making your products in the USA," Trump tweeted.
Of course, the president has no power to order such a thing.
Trump then announced massive tariffs on China, citing the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977.
Creationist Ark Encounter museum accused of stiffing local schools by underpaying property taxes
On Saturday, Friendly Atheist reported that the Grant County Board of Education is filing a lawsuit alleging the creationist "Ark Encounter" theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, received a property valuation way lower than it should have for the purposes of tax assessment.
The museum, which is shaped like a giant replica of Noah's Ark and is full of exhibits explaining supposed historical details of the Flood — including models of cavemen fighting dinosaurs — was assessed at $46 million in 2017. But the Board of Education, combining Ark Encounter's capital investment disclosures, land value, and ticket sales, that the property is actually worth $130 million.
‘He’s a child going to a playdate’: Trump’s inability to talk to world leaders mocked by MSNBC guest
On MSNBC Saturday, former professor and Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed blasted President Donald Trump's inability to behave like a world leader at the G7 summit, or to have meaningful dialogues with the heads of allied countries.
"Abdul, do you think there is any chance that Donald Trump gets through this weekend without any drama?" asked anchor Alex Witt.
"Well, look, if you used the last week as any indication, I think it's no chance," said El-Sayed. "We're talking about the president of the United States as if he's a child going to a playdate."
"Honestly, we have to have a serious conversation about the fact that he's just headlong pitched our economy down the tubes," continued El-Sayed. "He's been doing it because of a spat that he has with a leader in China. And we're talking about whether or not he's going to have a good time at the G7. This is the president of the United States. We have to treat him as such and we have to be asking about whether or not we are willing to get serious about the conversation that we need to be having about what's going to happen in our future."